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Dodge Stealth Accessories

Dodge Stealth Introduction

Back in 1991, Dodge made no secret of the fact the Stealth was launched as an attack on Chevrolet's enduringly successful Corvette super sports car. As it turned out, the Stealth challenge failed and by 1996, Dodge quietly retreated. The Stealth attack was over, in other words. But you must give credit to the Dodge division of the then-Chrysler Corp. With the help of partner Mitsubishi, Dodge loaded up the top-of-the-line Stealth with every bit of high technology imaginable. The '91 R/T Turbo (also known as the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4) had four-wheel steering, four-wheel drive, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking (ABS), twin turbochargers, twin intercoolers and electronically-adjustable suspension. There were also three lesser Stealths, all front-wheel drive: a base model, the ES and the Stealth R/T.

All four were 2+2 sport coupes sharing basic styling, inside and out. Still, as you moved up the Stealth line, you were given more power, more features and subtle body changes which relate to both performance and aesthetics. All four Stealth models also started with the same basic 3.0-litre V6 engine. In the base Stealth, this engine had three valves per cylinder and a single overhead camshaft. It was rated at 164 horsepower. The ES and R/T had a four-valve, twin-cam V6 rated at 222 horsepower. The R/T Turbo's twin turbochargers boosted power to 300 horsepower. The German-built Getrag gearbox was another feature separating the Stealth Turbo from other Stealths. Mitsubishi, did not have a transmission beefy enough to handle all that turbo power.

Dodge Stealth HeadlightsThe R/T Turbo's 0-100 km/h acceleration times fell in around six seconds. The R/T Turbo's standard all-wheel drive system made sure power was distributed to all four wheel via a viscous coupling located between the centre differential outputs for the front and rear differentials. If you test drive an R/T Turbo, you should find that the coupling senses differences in front- and rear-wheel speed, then reduces twist to custom wheels available at losing grip. The idea is to match wheel speeds to those of the slowest wheels which have the most traction. Another feature designed to enhance the R/T Turbo's performance was four-wheel steering (FWS). In this case, FWS was not intended as a parking convenience; it was created to come into play only above about 50 km/h. So on twisty roads it was conceived to enhances high-speed stability.

How so? By giving the driver the ability to make rapid and extremely precise steering adjustments. Finally, the third major piece of the R/T Turbo's performance puzzle was the four-wheel suspension system. This automatically-adjusting unit was designed to keep the Stealth firmly nailed to the road, regardless of how hard the car was being driven. The Stealth RT Turbo featured a V6 water cooled engine with four valves for each cylinder. The capacity of the engine is 2972 cc and it delivered an output power of 296 bhp at 5500 rpm and 307 lb-ft torque at 2500 rpm. It reaches the speed of 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and the top speed is about 160 mph. The Stealth RT Turbo featured Getrag five speed manual transmission and the gear shifts can be performed easily at higher speeds.

Dodge Stealth ScoopThe Stealth RT Turbo featured MacPherson Struts suspension with coil springs and active dampers on the front and rear resulting in smooth and comfort driving. The Dodge Stealth Accessories RT Turbo consisted of 17-inch alloy wheels and the wheels featured vented disc brakes with Anti Braking System that ensured a better braking even at high speeds. The exteriors featured the door handles, stylish body structure, mirrors, headlights and taillights. The interiors featured the leather seats, sporty steering wheel and instrument panels. Lots of technology and, for such an advanced car, the Stealth has proved to be relatively enduring and reliable. That said, as such a complicated car ages, repairs can be expected to become increasingly complicated and expensive.

Owners have reported an above-average incidence of issues with the electrical system and brakes. The Stealth's styling was nothing if not aggressive - at least on the outside. Inside, the look was a bit more conservative. The car arrived with a driver's side airbag and a passenger-side airbag arrived in '94 - along with a six-speed manual gearbox. Note, too, that the cabin was a tight fit and the rear seats were hard-pressed to accommodate a six-year-old. Cargo space at the rear was also very tight. The R/T Turbo was top dog in the Stealth lineup, but don't dismiss the ES and R/T versions if you're shopping for an older sporty car. Both proved to be very responsive and sell for much less. And, of course, they were not as technologically complicated, so there are less gizmos to maintain.